Joseph Stalin Wrote A Memo
August 13, 1942
World War II, Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin needed help from President
Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Despite
Stalin's agreement with the German dictator Adolph Hitler, German forces
were attacking the Soviet Union.
On August 13, 1942, Stalin wrote a memorandum to Roosevelt and
Churchill opposing their decision not to invade Western Europe
at that time. Stalin wanted the Americans and British to
distract the Germans in Russia by fighting them on another
front, Western Europe. Where were the Americans?
Just a few months after Stalin's letter, Great Britain and the
United States (who were already fighting in the South Pacific)
entered Africa to fight the Germans. But it was not until 1943
that the American and British forces would invade Italy. Then,
on June 6, 1944, D-Day, the Americans and British invaded
Western Europe on the beaches of Normandy, France almost one
year after the German army began its retreat from Russia.
The uneasy alliance of Great Britain and the United States with
the Soviet Union during World War II began to unravel after
Germany's defeat in 1945. The Soviet Union and the United States
soon regarded each other as adversaries. This tension brought
about a prolonged rivalry known as the Cold War.
Ask someone who fought in the war or grew up during that time to
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